B.C. Rich Kerry King Metal Master V Generation 2 Guitar, Black with Tribal Graphic

by Guitar Reviewer

  • Generation 2 Graphic
  • B.C. Rich B.D.S.M. Pickups
  • B.C. Rich die-cast tuners
  • Wrap Around Bridge

Product Description
Featuring Kerry King’s own Generation 2 tribal graphic designs over a deep gloss black, the V2 Metal Master is sure to shred like no other!… More >>

Price: $249.89
Rating: 4.0 (2 reviews)

B.C. Rich Kerry King Metal Master V Generation 2 Guitar, Black with Tribal Graphic

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R. Craig January 30, 2010 at 8:44 pm

This is my first B.C. Rich guitar, and soo far im really liking it. I have always liked the Rich styles, and when i saw this one i had to get it. I own Jackson, Ibenez, and a few others, and for this being a cheaper guitar, i have to say its a pretty good one.. Out of the box it had some fret buzz, after a simple adjustment to the neck it was perfect. The pickups are not to bad, I have been playing guitar for over 20 years, and this one is a great addition to my collection.

I do recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a nice playing great looking axe!
Rating: 5 / 5

James Takahashi January 30, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I bought this on a lark when it showed up as a Gold Box deal one day for half its normal price. I’ve long had a hankering for a V-shaped guitar ever since having my mind bent by Michael Schenker and his Gibson Flying V with UFO circa 1982, and this seemed like a good opportunity to finally feed that Jones.

This made-in-China BC Rich is cosmetically quite nice. The high gloss finish is pristine, the tribal graphic is flashy without quite crossing the line to gaudy, the chrome is shiny, the many pointy corners arrived unchipped, and the frets are reasonably well-dressed. The only minor quibble I have with appearance is the mild splotchiness of the rosewood fretboard.

Functionally, however, this guitar feels decidedly mediocre for the following reasons:

– The action was buzzy on the low E, though that was easily fixed by raising the bridge a bit.

– The intonation, on the other hand, could not quite be dialed in — I cannot simultaneously get both the high and low strings intonated correctly. I had to set the bridge to a compromise position where neither the high strings nor low strings are exactly right.

– The tuners are mediocre at keeping the guitar in tune from session to session.

– The BDSM (that’s Broad Dynamic Sonically Matched, you perverts) humbuckers’ tone is quite unremarkable, and there is not much difference between the neck and bridge pickups. That in combination with the single tone control means there is not a very broad range of tones possible with this guitar. I suppose BC Rich assumed that this guitar would only be played through heavy distortion effects, and that this wouldn’t be a serious drawback.

Had I paid full price for this guitar, I’d probably feel pretty grumpy every time I looked at it. At its Gold Box price, however, I’m pretty happy to just look at this pretty piece of eye candy hanging on the wall. Fortunately, I have several better guitars to pick up for actually playing.
Rating: 3 / 5

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